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Green tip of the Month


February 2021


Green Tip of the Month Poster

To reduce our carbon emissions and help to prevent climate change, we need to know what our own carbon footprint is as individuals and households, so that we can see where it would be helpful to modify our behaviour and have the most beneficial effect.

This is a great time to be doing it, so we can all make a few New Year Resolutions to do our bit in reducing emissions.

There are various templates available for doing this which you can find online, but we have come up with a template which is specifically designed for Moreton – giving you calculations for journeys from here etc.

We suggest that you give this one a go – click here to download the Moretonhampstead Carbon Calculator

The Parish Council and the Development Trust are working together on climate change issues, hoping for a more sustainable future for us all.  We welcome any feedback on this and helpful suggestions to make our community fit for a more sustainable future.

Advanced Traffic Notice


PCSO Paul Wilson has asked the Council to share the latest Scam Alert with the community.

Report non-emergency crimes online

Email for non-urgent reports and queries

Police Enquiry Offices

Ask NED online if you’re not sure who to call

Devon and Cornwall Alert – keeping our communities in the know

In an emergency always call 999

Advanced Road Closure Notice

for a maximum of 5 days
Anticipated Finish TUESDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2021
No person shall cause or permit any vehicle to park, wait, load or unload on the sections of
Affected Roads.
Roads affected –
This temporary restriction is considered necessary to enable –
For additional information contact:
Telephone: 07823 352730

Ref: TTRO2138375

Road Closure map

1st Round Grant Applications

The Parish Council allocate grants twice a year to local organisations based in the Parish and which provide economic, social or cultural well-being of the community of Moretonhampstead.

Return completed application forms to

Devon’s Carbon Plan

 The Interim Devon Carbon Plan is live and out for public consultation, running until the 15th February.

Posters promoting the plan stated a paper copy of the plan and consultation could be picked up from libraries. Due to recent lockdown restrictions libraries in Devon are closed. Therefore, paper copies cannot be picked up from libraries. Instead we are asking if those who were hoping to get a paper copy could be directed towards this phone number: 0345 155 1015.

Alternatively, email to request a copy.

If you know of any offline friends or family members please do let them know they can still receive a paper copy via post by contacting the above number.

The Climate Change and Ecological working group are working on a response on behalf of the Parish Council. We would encourage residents to view and comment on the plan. The more responses they receive, the better the final plan can represent the wants and needs of the people of Devon.

You can find the plan online here:  


We have compiled some useful information now that we are in lockdown again.

Santa Visits Moretonhampstead

Unfortunately Santa wasn’t able to meet the children in his normal Grotto this year. As a way of thanking the Children of Moreton for giving up so much to keep everyone safe through the pandemic, the Parish Council decided to take Santa to them! Santa’s present run was undertaken from the comfort of a pickup truck, as the run had to travel up several cul-de-sacs and the turning circle of harnessed reindeers was investigated but found to be excessive for Moreton. Santa was assisted with the door to door distribution by mischievous Elves from Headcase Hairdressers and the Coop. Thank you so much to all who volunteered to make this special event happen and thank you to M P Plumbing for sponsoring the Elves thank you gifts!

The Parish Council would like to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas.

Thank you Moretonhampstead

Moretonhampstead Parish Council supported by Dartmoor National Park, determined to mark the outstanding contribution from all our traders, health professionals and voluntary organisations for going above and beyond during the initial lockdown and subsequent (ongoing) pandemic. Plans were initially laid to tie these presentations to the annual Christmas light switch-on and Santa’s arrival in his regular town centre grotto. The pandemic put paid to these plans and so a small gift and a certificate of appreciation was delivered on Friday 4th December. The Co-op, at the heart of the village, has been open through thick and thin and all our shops, hospitality outlets have adapted to serve the community with home deliveries, takeaway services etc . Over 100 volunteers registered at the start of the pandemic to assist the elderly, infirm and those isolating, with shopping, collection of medicines and befriending. All these arrangements and voluntary efforts have allowed the town to adapt successfully to the challenge and achieve a good degree of normality in exceptional circumstances. To distribute the tokens of the community’s esteem, a vintage Bentley, formerly used by David Niven in the original Casino Royale film, was pressed into service. The presentations were made by PC Chair, Vivienne Hodges and supported by the event organiser Parish Clerk Sam Parkin. The Parish Council is very grateful to Mike Rego for taking photographs.

Out of the Box

The exhibition is on the 12th December, 10-4pm at the Telephone Box, Moretonhampstead.

Application form and details for contributions to the exhibition.

Xmas Recycling Information

Adjusted collection dates and recycling over Christmas in Teignbridge.

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

Poultry and other captive birds

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (PDF, 39.1KB, 6 pages) (AIPZ) has been declared across the whole of England effective from 5pm on 11 November 2020.

All poultry keepers in England (whether they have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) are required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions.

If you keep poultry (including gamebirds or pet birds) or other captive birds, you must act now to reduce the risk of disease in your flock by following the relevant biosecurity measures required within the AIPZ.  Your stock needs to be feed and watered under cover to prevent contamination from wild birds.

Good biosecurity improves the overall health and productivity of your flock by helping keep out poultry diseases such as avian influenza and limiting the spread of disease in an outbreak.

All bird gatherings within the AIPZ are prohibited therefore the general licence that had permitted bird gatherings has been revoked.

For more guidance please visit

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77)

Public Health England advises that the risk to the public’s health is very low. Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenzas pose a very low food safety risk for UK consumers

Avian influenza is unconnected with coronavirus (COVID-19).

Voluntary registration

You can choose to register fewer than 50 birds, or birds you keep as pets. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) encourages you to register even if you do not have to by law.

By registering,

  • APHA will be able to contact you if there’s a disease outbreak (such as bird flu) in your area
  • you’ll help prevent the spread of disease and protect the national poultry flock

View the official Poster.

Remembrance Sunday

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

Thank you to Lynn Bartlett for all her hard work in ensuring the memorial went smoothly.

Advanced Road Closure Notice

Devon County Council have informed us of a road closure affecting BOVEY CROSS TO PEEPS PLACE, NORTH BOVEY (NO. 2) NOTICE 2020

Christmas Light Switch on Update

This year, for obvious reasons, Christmas will look a little different in Moreton. Unfortunately the Parish Council have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the public gathering for the Christmas light switch on event. However, we can’t let Christmas go by unmarked as everyone needs a little festive cheer to look forward to after this strange year. The Parish Council will be installing new sparkly Christmas lights to light up the town centre and we are encouraging residents to help us light up Moreton as well.  This can simply be one light in your window or a full winter wonderland display – the choice is yours. The external Christmas trees on brackets will still be going ahead with their lights to add to the festive sparkle.

We may not be able to have the traditional public switch on, but Father Christmas will still be visiting Moretonhampstead along with his Elves on Saturday 28th November. Parents can book a visit from the big man or his Elves, who plan to deliver a gift to children of Primary School age or younger. The gifts will be free of charge to thank children for following the Government rules to keep everyone safe.

If you would like your child to receive a socially distanced visit from Father Christmas or his Elves and receive a free gift please email the clerk, Sam Parkin, with your address and child’s name and age or fill out the form and return to Greenhill addressed to the Clerk by 31st October 2020.

Clerk’s email:

Returning to School

Dear Students, Parents & Carers, As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Department for Education have issued guidance for transporting children and young people to school or college in September. Links to the guidance will be available on the DCC schools transport web pages

Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic

Footpath No 8 (Moretonhampstead)

(Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic) Order 2020

Fingle Bridge to Clifford Bridge

Dartmoor National Park Authority has made an Order in exercise of its powers under section 22BB(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as applied by the National Park Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure)(England) Regulations 2007, to prohibit through traffic on the following Public Footpath:

Footpath No 8 (Moretonhampstead) from SX 7431 8990 to SX 7802 8970

The Order will come into force on 1 September 2020 and will remain in effect for a maximum of 6 months or on completion of the works, whichever is sooner.  This restriction is necessary to enable essential forestry management operations to be carried out.

A copy of the Order is attached for your information.

Kind regards

Andrew Watson

Head of Access, Recreation & Estates Email:

Footpath No 16 (Lustleigh) and Bridleway No 14 (Lustleigh)

(Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic) Order 2020

Dartmoor National Park Authority has made an Order in exercise of its powers under section 22BB(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as applied by the National Park Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure)(England) Regulations 2007, to prohibit through traffic on the following rights of way:

Public Footpath No 16 from Grid Reference SX 7747 8085 to SX 7800 8005

Public Bridleway No 14 from Grid Reference SX 7800 8005 to SX 7834 8068

The Order will come into force on 1 September 2020 and will remain in effect for a maximum of 6 months or on completion of the works, whichever is sooner.  This restriction is necessary to enable essential forestry management operations to be carried out.

A copy of the Order is attached for your information.

Kind regards

Andrew Watson

Head of Access, Recreation & Estates


Poster Competition

Calling all children aged 0-16 in Moretonhampstead.

The Parish Council need your help! We would like you to design a poster encouraging dog owners to pick up after their furry friends. The best poster will win a £20 voucher from Baskervilles Ice Cream Parlour.

Posters can be emailed to the Parish Council or posted to Green Hill addressed to the Clerk, Sam Parkin. We can’t wait to see your designs!

Poster encouraging children to design a poster to encourage dog owners to pick up after their dog.

Wonderful Wildflowers

Have you seen the wonderful display of oxeye daisies, clover, and bird’s-foot trefoil along the verges at Chagford Cross?

The Parish Council have reduced the cutting of these as much as possible to leave lots of food and habitat for pollinators and hopefully lots of other wildlife.

Coronavirus Advice for Residents

The Parish Council has compiled some useful advice from local businesses, the Health Centre and local services.

Summer Flower Baskets

Summer has arrived! Court Street is looking amazing with its beautiful flower baskets lovingly put together by Teign Valley Nurseries. Thank you to Mary Jones for keeping them watered throughout the Summer.

Annual Parish Meeting – CANCELLED

Poster inviting the public to attend the Annual Parish Meeting.

Come and join us on March 24th!
Find out what we are doing and also what your local clubs and organisations are up to.
If you are a local club or organisation and would like to be involved, drop us an email

Rural Skip Service

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic this service has been cancelled.

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